Republican Sen. Marco Rubio declared Thursday he will vote against the GOP’S sweeping tax package unless negotiators expand its child tax credit, jeopardizing the Republicans’ razor-thin margin as they try to muscle the $1.5 trillion bill through Congress next week.
Rubio wants to increase the portion of the basic $2,000-per-child tax credit that would go to low-income families. In the current bill, families that pay little or no income tax would get only $1,100 per child. Rubio wants that amount increased, but he didn’t specify an amount.
Under current law, the tax credit is $1,000.
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